BROADVIEW, IL – In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Pierce Duotronic embalming machine, a gold-plated Duotronic is being raffled with proceeds going to the Wilbert Foundation charity. With the winner drawn at the upcoming National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) expo in Boston, MA, raffle tickets are currently being sold by Pierce representatives and a limited number will also be sold at the NFDA show.
The Wilbert Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)c organization that provides pediatric chaplains with resources to help children cope with the trauma of sickness, grief and death. Working with the Pediatric Chaplains Network, the Wilbert Foundation sponsors grief training for professional chaplains hired into pediatric settings. The Foundation also provides Bertie Bear Kits that aid chaplain interaction with families and provide children with a package that opens into a playhouse for the Bertie Bear stuffed animal and filled with other helpful tools such as a journal and white board for children to express their feelings, a puzzle, stickers and coloring book that help normalize the children’s activities.
“We feel this is the ideal way to commemorate this milestone,” said Lance Ray, COO and Executive Vice-President of Pierce. “A gold-plated Duotronic ties into its Golden Anniversary while giving funeral professionals an opportunity to support a golden cause.”
The Duotronic was introduced in 1967 as an innovative embalming machine using a pumping system to dispense fluids compared to the standard gravity process in use at the time. This innovation was further established by the two-speed electronic gauge control that gave embalmers much-improved flexibility in handling different cases and situations. This control system gave the product its name with “Duo” signifying the two speeds and “Tronic” taken from electronic.
Pierce invites everyone to come to The Wilbert Group booth 3061 at the NFDA expo to see the gold-plated Duotronic as well as to purchase a raffle ticket to benefit a worthy cause. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, October 31, at 2:00pm, coinciding with a wine-and-cheese reception in the booth. You can also contact a Pierce sales representative or call 800.527.6419 to purchase raffle tickets now.